Severe Weather Possible Saturday Evening

The University of Southern Mississippi again reminds its employees and students of the possibility of severe weather affecting campuses and teaching sites tonight and possibly tomorrow in Hattiesburg, Long Beach, Ocean Springs and Hancock County.

There were no reports of tornado-related damages at USM from Saturday morning’s storms.

The National Weather Service in Jackson forecasts a weather system with the potential to include tornadoes, damaging winds of up to 70 miles an hour, tennis-ball size hail, heavy rains and flash flooding, beginning this evening at 7 p.m. Poor drainage, ponding and a rise in local rivers and streams could also occur. The predicted time frame for the most severe effects of this system, particularly tornadoes, is between 7-11 p.m., with 7-8 p.m. being the most likely window for the occurrence of tornadoes.

Motorists should be aware of possible heavy rain affecting places on the Hattiesburg campus prone to flooding, and not attempt to access or navigate these areas.

Locations on the Hattiesburg campus that may be hazardous for travel and to parked vehicles include the following:

-Pine Haven Circle around Sorority Village
-Montague between Kay James and Ross Blvd.
-10 parking spaces on south end of Fraternity Drive (west side of street) at Montague
-Fourth Street between Golden Eagle Ave. and Eagle Walk
-Southern Miss Drive between 30th and 31st Avenues
-Ray Guy Way at Century Park South/Spirit Park
-South end of Kay James at Montague (Dubard)
-Trent Lott Center west lot next to M.M. Roberts Stadium
-Ray Guy Way at Eagle Walk by the new raised crosswalk
-Parking area at the southwest corner of McCarty Hall

Motorists on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach should be aware of the potential for damage from flooding to parked vehicles at the shared parking lot with St. Thomas Catholic Church on the west side of campus.

If necessary, the University’s Eagle Alert system will be activated to notify members of the University community of severe weather impacts that could affect them. For more information, contact the University Police Department at 601.266.4986.

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